Neri Karazija, from Dog Trainers Perth, is now part of the large group of dog owners throwing their canines parties. Her dog Bailey is turning two this weekend, and as her tradition, she is holding a party to celebrate. She is expecting a group of other 43 collies to grace the occasion. According to Ms Alderson, the preparations for Bailey’s party have been action-packed from making decorations, to ensure that everything is set for the big day. This will be Bailey’s second party, and Ms Alderson is hoping that will be successful like last year where they had a chance to be surprised with pup cakes by one of the suppliers in Adelaide. Bailey, on the other hand, is lucky to have had a good year around other dog’s parties around the country.
The bond between people and dogs is phenomenal. The bond has diversified over the years from slave-master relationship to being friends. It is normal today to find dogs treated with dignity such as having endless appointments to the vet as well as having colourful parties. It is famous to see many beautiful pictures of dog parties also popularly commonly known as paw-ty’ on Instagram. The photos are lovely with all sort of decorations such as party hats, balloons, guest party bags, and all kind of decorations in an attempt of giving the pooches a treat.
Ms Alderson is part of a Facebook group known as Border Collie Owners South Australia’, which is an interactive forum for dog owners. The group members are planning to travel across the country to be a part of Bailey’s party. People across South Australia love this kind of parties, and it is a rare chance to see many dogs at one point at a time. It is phenomenal according to Ms Alderson.
Professor Paul McGreevy, animal welfare and expert from the University of Sidney gives the subject matter a professional perspective. He argues that although dogs are social animals, they have territorial inferiority. He continues to advise dog owners that it better to look for a neutral place for dog parties. From a professional point of view, Professor McGreevy instructs the dog owners to minimise the presence of toys in this kind of parties because a dog is another dog’s toy. He has conducted a research that shows how humans have failed to understand dogs and what makes them happy. For example, fleeing, freezing and flirting are indications that the dog is not pleased. Therefore, it is irony to attempt to make dogs comfortable while in the real sense you do not know what makes them happy.
Dr Brandy Smith senior lecturer of psychology at CQ University gives the relationship between dogs and humans another perspective on what exactly dogs want from humans. He points out that dog has similar needs as of those of a child. They include necessities such as water food mental and physical exercise as well as comfort, and therefore a party on his perspective is not for the dog but you the dog owner. It reflects who we are and what we value.